GLENN GARRIDO

  • Was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Received his BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Zulia (Venezuela) and BA in Music Performance from Simon Bolivar Conservatory (Venezuela);Master in Conducting from the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH); and PhD in Music Education from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • In 2000, he became the first Venezuelan to receive the degree of PhD in Music Education with emphasis in conducting.
  •  In 1998 and 2000 he received the “Outstanding Academic Award” from the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida.
  • In 2011 and 2012, he guest conducted the “Orchestra di Fiati” in Milan, Italy, the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Argentina in Buenos Aires, the Costa Rica Philharmonic, and the historic “Sinfónica de Sevilla.”
  • Dr. Garrido is an active member of the National Association of Music Educators and the Texas Music Educators Association.
  • His articles on Latin American music and musicians have been published in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Journal, The Georgia Music Educators Association, and “Mundo Hispánico” in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • He has been awarded prestigious scholarships by the University of Florida, University of New Hampshire, “Fulbright”, “Consejo Nacional de la Cultura (CONAC), and   “Fundación de Estado para las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (FEOJIV).”
  • From 2008 to 2012, he was the Coordinator of Music Education at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia.
  • Visitor Professor for the Graduate Music School of the University of Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica.
  • He is a fervent promoter and expositor of Latin American music and traditions. He travels around the world presenting programs like “Echoes of America” and “Made in Latin America”, in which he features music written by Latin American composers.
  • In January 2013 he became the founder music director Houston Latin American Philharmonic Orchestra, known as the Houston Latin Phil. This is a professional orchestra created to promote and elevate to the highest artistic level Latin American music.
  • Currently, Dr. Garrido is the Chairman of the Department of Music at the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas. He is the first Latin American exercising this leading position at UST.